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How to Clean a Blackstone Griddle Like a Pro

WriterAubrey McShan
15 min read
Bacon and potatoes cooking on an outdoor griddle

You placed an order for your first Blackstone griddle ever, waited patiently for it to arrive, and purchased steaks to enjoy. But you hit one big snag — you’re unsure how to clean it. No worries!

Just follow our guide on how to clean your griddle once you bring it home as well as how to maintain its non-stick surface to prevent food from sticking or rust from building up:

Key Takeaways

How to Clean a Blackstone Griddle

You can clean a Blackstone griddle in four quick steps! But you’ll first have to ensure you have the right supplies and the right cleaning conditions:

  • Gather the right supplies: 2 bowls (1 filled with hot, soapy water and 1 filled with hot water) and 3 lint-free microfiber cloths. Alternatively, you can use different ends of your cloth.

  • Confirm the griddle is cool to the touch before you begin this cleaning process.

Illustration depicting the four main steps of cleaning a Blackstone griddle: Soak a Microfiber Cloth in Water, Scrub Away Residue on the Griddle, Rinse the Soap Off the Griddle, and Dry the Blackstone Griddle Off
  • Step 1: Using one of your microfiber cloths, dab it into the bowl filled with hot, soapy water.

  • Step 2: When the first microfiber cloth is adequately soaked through, apply firm pressure to the cool griddle cooking surface — enough to scrub away any residue currently on the new Blackstone griddle.

  • Step 3: With the bowl of hot water with no soap, dip a fresh/clean microfiber cloth (or the opposite side of your current cloth). Use the water to rinse off any soapy residue from the griddle.

  • Step 4: Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to completely dry off the griddle’s cooking surface.

What’s next after cleaning your Blackstone Griddle? Season the griddle before you use it. Spread about 3 tablespoons of your choice of cooking oil across the cooking surface in at least 3 even layers of your choice of cooking oil.

Expert Tip:

Regularly using this method on your griddle after you use it isn’t a good idea. Soap can break down the oil you use to season the griddle.

How to Clean a Blackstone Griddle After Cooking

Depiction of someone scraping off leftover food on a griddle's surface before cleaning it

Once you begin cooking on your blackstone griddle, you typically don't need soap for cleaning. Instead, follow these steps:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Once you've finished cooking on your griddle, gather the following supplies:

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Cleaning Supplies for Blackstone Griddles
Cleaning Supply Supply's Purpose
Bowl filled with hot water Remove food residues and loosen up stuck-on grime
Microfiber towels Wipe the griddle surface clean after scraping
Heat-protectant gloves Protect your hands from the heated griddle during cleaning
Tongs Assist in holding the hot towels while cleaning
Scraper Scrape off stuck-on food from the griddle's surface
Pumice stone Can more deeply clean particularly stubborn grime or rust
Squeeze bottle Apply water and oil to the griddle surface during the cleaning and seasoning process
Oil (for seasoning) Apply to the griddle surface after cleaning to protect and maintain it

Expert Tip:

We don’t recommend using paper towels. They have a tendency of leaving behind fibers that are best not mixed in with your food. Using microfiber cloths remove this possibility!

Step 2: Scrape Your Griddle

  • While your griddle is still cooling down and warm to the touch, use a scraper or pumice grill stone to scrape off any burnt pieces.

  • Don’t use a wire brush, as it can leave behind pieces of metal in your food.

  • Let the grease tray catch any pieces of food.

Step 3: Spray with Water and Absorb Grease

  • You can fill a squeeze bottle with water and squirt it over the griddle to help dislodge any stuck-on pieces.

  • Once you’ve sprayed the griddle with water, you can wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.

  • You can wear heat-protectant gloves or use tongs to avoid touching the hot surface.

  • Continue wiping the griddle with a microfiber cloth until no more grease is absorbed.

Step 4: Season your griddle

How to Clean a Blackstone Griddle that Has Rust

Depiction of someone turning on their Blackstone griddle to remove the rust on its surface

If your Blackstone griddle is rusty, it doesn't mean you need to throw it out. Instead, follow these steps to help bring it back to life:

  • Step 1: Turn Your Griddle On — Turn your griddle on and put the heat up to its highest setting so the rust is easier to remove.

  • Step 2: Gather Your Supplies — You’ll need the following supplies to scrape the rust off your Blackstone griddle: A scraper, oil, tongs, a microfiber cloth, heat-protectant gloves, and a pumice grill stone.

  • Step 3: Use Your Scraper — You can use your metal scraper to attack the rust. Have a paper towel handy so you can wipe off the rust periodically.

  • Step 4: Add Oil and Scrub Your Griddle — Apply a few tablespoons of oil onto the griddle’s surface. Using your pumice grill stone, scrub the griddle and focus heavily on the areas with rust.

  • Step 5: Dry the Griddle and Then Scrub It — Dry the griddle with a microfiber cloth. You can use tongs to move the microfiber cloth around since the surface will be hot. Once it’s dry, continue adding oil and scrubbing it with the pumice grill stone.

  • Step 6: Season Your Griddle — Once all of the rust is removed, you can add layers of seasoning to your griddle to form a protective coating to prevent future rust from forming.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How Often Should You Clean Your Blackstone Griddle?

To prevent rust or dust build-up, wipe your griddle down with oil and a microfiber cloth every time you cook on it. Wait until the griddle has cooled down to start cleaning it.

Q. Can You Use Dawn Dish Soap to Clean a Blackstone Griddle?

You can use Dawn dish soap the first time you clean your griddle. Only use a few drops. Don’t use soaps with dyes. To avoid a soapy taste after you start cleaning your griddle, stick with water.

Q. How Do You Scrub Rust Off a Blackstone Griddle?

Use a scraper tool and put your griddle on the highest heat setting. You can also add oil to the surface, scrub the rust with a pumice grill stone, and then wipe it down with a paper towel.

You can then use a Blackstone scouring pad to remove rust. You never want to use abrasive scrubbers, as they can damage the griddle’s surface.

 Bacon and Sausage cooking on a campsite griddle

Q. Do You Clean a Blackstone Griddle After Every Use?

You should clean a Blackstone griddle after every meal. It may be more convenient to wait to clean it. However, this allows food time to stick to the surface and makes it more difficult to remove.

You don’t need to clean it in the traditional sense with soap and water. At the very least wipe your griddle down with a microfiber cloth and season it after every use.

Q. Can You Use Vinegar and Water to Clean a Blackstone Griddle?

Vinegar and water are excellent cleaning agents for your Blackstone griddle. Simply use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water and apply it to the griddle’s surface. Use a Blackstone scouring pad to scrub the surface and dry it with a paper towel after.

Q. Why Is My Blackstone Griddle Rusting?

There are a few reasons why your Blackstone Griddle may be rusting. If you live in a region with high humidity or lots of rainy days, then you’ll need to go the extra mile in protecting your griddle. Be sure to use a Blackstone griddle station hood cover in-between meals, especially if you live by the beach.

Have Fun Out There!

While cleaning duty is never fun, it’s an important part of maintaining your griddle’s cooking surface. Remember to use dish soap and water if it’s your first time cooking on the griddle ever. After that, you can transition to using a scouring pad with either vinegar and water or oil to clean your griddle.

To remove tough, stuck-on charred bits, use a metal scraper. Be sure to clean in-between meals to keep your griddle sparkling clean. You can get more insider tips by reading our other Expert Advice articles.